Engineering the spark that starts wildfires

submitted by: nsf
Hot metal fragments can be created from power lines, overheated brakes, railway tracks, or any other manner of metal-on-metal action in our industrialized society. The particles can reach more than 5,000 degrees Fahrenheit, around the boiling point of most metals. Although these bits cool as they fall to the ground, they can ignite a flame that quickly spreads if they land on a prime fuel source like pine needles or dry grass. At least 28,000 fires occur each year in the U.S. due to...

Moving Forward After Devastating Wildfire

submitted by: mdanderson

Dale Weiss, an employee from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, shares how his family is moving forward after the loss of their home to the most destructive wildfire in Texas' history.